Ukraine to hold multinational army drills in 2016 - president
Maple Arch, Sea Breeze and Rapid Trident are scheduled for next year.
President Petro Poroshenko has signed a calendar of multinational drills involving the Ukrainian Armed Forces domestically and abroad in 2016. Foreign army units are granted access for participation in the next year's multinational drills.
The president's decree No 721/2015 defines the time framework of the drills, the total number of participating foreign units, the types and amount of arms and military hardware, the length of stay and areas of deployment in Ukraine.
According to the decree, military units from the USA, other NATO and Partnership for Peace member states are authorized to enter Ukraine with their arms and military hardware for participation in preparations for military cooperation efforts.
On 26 December, the president also signed the bill "On the approval of the Ukrainian president's decision to allow foreign military units to enter Ukraine in 2016 for participation in multinational exercises" into law. Parliament passed the bill on 25 December.
According to the document, foreign units will take part in the 2016 Maple Arch, Ukrainian-US 2016 Sea Breeze and Ukrainian-US 2016 Rapid Trident exercises to be held on the Ukrainian territory.